My Lego Too

Friday morning I jumped into good ole faithful

And Away we go

And Away we go

and headed south.  Barbara couldn’t go as she had other commitments

Meet my new friend

Meet my new friend

I stopped in Chehalis to visit my cousin Leona then on south so spend the night at Rundi’s.  I had some spare time before she got home from work and I had some errands to run in Portland to I visited a couple of the old houses we lived in. The first one was

1717 Bell Drive. Built during WW II

1717 Bell Drive. Built during WW II

Next was the last home we lived in before we moved to Kent

Wygant Street

Wygant Street

Saturday morning Rundi and I headed for McMinnville, Or to the Evergreen Space Museum

Front door

Front door

 

Aerial View

Aerial View

And the purpose of this trip was another Lego event, this time with Ella.

Team waiting their turn

Team waiting their turn

 

They are the “Brick Stackers”

Newport Brick Stackers

Newport Brick Stackers

We all waited with them

Dad and grandma Colleen (back to us)

Dad and grandma Colleen (back to us)

 

They had a short opening ceremony with the introduction of all the teams.

Team still waiting

Team still waiting

And the cheer goes up for the team

And the cheer goes up for the team

 

The team was taken into the room where their display was along with “Special guests”.

Display

Display

Another view

Another view

They were asked questions about their display

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

Ella starts to explain

Ella starts to explain

More explanations about her airplane

More explanations about her airplane

and more of the same, notice dad in the background taking photos

Mom was not there so dad took lots of photos

Mom was not there so dad took lots of photos

After the showing and explaining we had time to tour the Space museum and see some of the displays

X-15

X-15

Colleen and Rundi

Colleen and Rundi

And still more inside

And still more inside

Outside for the C-47/ DC 3

Outside for the C-47/ DC 3

They have a neat shuttle

NASA shuttle Enterprise

NASA shuttle Enterprise

 

And of course the main attraction

The one and only Spruce Goose

The one and only Spruce Goose

Then back to Rundi’s and then home to watch the opening of the F1 Series from Melbourne Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idaho and beyond

After serving at the Kent Bishops’ Storehouse Saturday we climbed in to Hi Ho

Trusty "Hi Ho Silver"

Trusty “Hi Ho Silver”

and headed east.  We were headed to Scottsdale for the Arabian horse show.

Program cover

Program cover

First of course we had to go through Oregon. This is what we woke up to in Pendleton.

"I'm dreaming of w white breakfast"

“I’m dreaming of w white breakfast”

We stopped in Nampa, ID to have lunch with my sister Jill, her granddaughter Sydnee, my niece Stephanie and her husband Roger.  After we figured out Barbara could be the “Agent of death” we headed on east then south.  We spent the second night in Jackpot NV.  Driving down Nevada we came across this “stop”

I think we are near Area 51

I think we are near Area 51

Phone home

Phone home

Finally a potty stop

Finally a potty stop

then on to Las Vegas for the third night.  We decided to take a side trip and drive down onto Hoover dam.

Homeland security is still active

Homeland security is still active

Driving over the dam

Driving over the dam

New bridge above us

New bridge above us

Cross over to the other side

Cross over to the other side

Notice the water level

Notice the water level

Then on to Jerry & Jane’s for our base of operations.  We got to visit the Gilbert Arizona Temple open house

LDS Temple

LDS Temple

Then we had dinner in Mesa AZ at an Old LDS chapel that has been converted to a restaurant and reception house.

Old Alma 2nd ward

Old Alma 2nd ward

They have a great salad ROOM.

Part of the Salad room

Part of the Salad room

It seemed a little funny eating dinner in the old chapel.  Wonderful old windows.

Check the windows

Check the windows

Finally we attended our first day at the Arabian horse show.

This must be the place

This must be the place

All of Brooklyn’s events were in the Equidome.

Welcoming banner

Welcoming banner

Brooklyn on "Flip"

Brooklyn on “Flip”

And now the other direction

And now the other direction

Waiting for the judge's decision

Waiting for the judge’s decision

And the ribbon goes to

And the ribbon goes to “Flip”

And now horse #2 "Slick"

And now horse #2 “Slick”

Grandma, mom and sister Sydney waiting for results

Grandma, mom and sister Sydney waiting for results

Really intense thoughts

Really intense thoughts

I am really happy now "L"

I am really happy now “L”

On the Jumbo-tron

On the Jumbo-tron

And the next ribbon goes to

And the next ribbon goes to “Flip”

"Slick"

“Slick”

And the ribbon goes to

And the ribbon goes to “Slick”

And the ribbon goes to

And the ribbon goes to “Flip”

Sister Sydney on her better day

Sister Sydney on one of  her better days

Add  two more to this group

Add two more to this group

And last but not least another "Top Ten" ribbon

And last but not least another “Top Ten” ribbon goes to “Flip”

Friday night of the show Jerry & Jane came to the show.  Some good friends who now live in Glendale, Dan and Melissa McAfee, came to visit with us as the show also.

The show lasted 5 days for us.  On Saturday afternoon, my brother Jerry and his wife Jane hosted a BBQ for all the gang from the “Stables”.  They also picked fresh citrus to take home (and some we ate there)

Sunday morning we went to church with Albert and Donna Jean in Apache Junction.  Good to see them again.  I have know them since the mid 60′s.

Monday evening we had dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Mesa.  A friend of ours from Kent, Ashley, works there and we were able to eat in her section.  Great food and even greater service.

Tuesday morning we are off headed west (kind of).  We went to Yuma for more site seeing

Opened July 1 1876

Opened July 1 1876

Guard house

Guard house

"Front door"

“Front door”

Rows of cells

Rows of cells

6 men per cell

6 men per cell

Iron replaced the wood bunks

Iron replaced the wood bunks

They had a list of some of the famous prisoners.  Here are two.

Snowflake AZ is named after him

Snowflake AZ is named after him

Who would have thought

Who would have thought

After we left Yuma we headed toward Palm Desert to visit some friends and drop off fresh citrus to be shipped to Alaska.  Not far north of El Centro we were stopped by a border patrol check point.  About a mile before the actual checkpoint we passed about 30 portable cameras that took pictures of everything.  When we got to the checkpoint more cameras and lots of dogs.  We were waved through by a not too friendly agent.  We found out later that a border patrol agent had been shot in San Diego the evening before.  As we approached our friends place and were waiting at the light to make a left hand turn, a border patrol pickup pulled over a car, one of the agents jumped out of the passenger’s side of the pickup even before it had made a complete stop, gun in hand, and ran towards the stop car.  The light then changed for us and we got out of there.  Never did hear any more about that.

More driving west on I-10 and trough LA and to the Pacific Coast Highway.  Stopped at McDonald’s, Malibu (they have a great view of the ocean).  We took a side trip up Malibu Canyon into the Santa Monica mountains.  We come to a County/State/Federal park that was the site of King Gillette’s old mansion.

Famous for razors

Famous for razors

Some famous people have property up here.

Harlyn did a movie with him

Harlyn did a movie with him

Up the El Camino Real and visited a mission.14.02.AZ trip.37

Nice bell tower

Nice bell tower

Then on to 101, right through down town San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Notice it is so clear you can see the top

Notice it is so clear you can see the top

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

The "City"

The “City”

We stopped near Santa Rosa and had lunch with a longtime ( I would say old but that would get me in trouble) friend Marsha and her grandson.  Another night on the road and then north towards the Giant Redwoods.

Pretty drive

Pretty drive

The least we paid for gas was $2.99 per gallon in Las Vegas and the most in California

This is US dollars

This is US dollars

There are wild Elk just north of here.

Only a few of over 500 head in this herd

Only a few of over 500 head in this herd

Nice rack on this one

Nice rack on this one

Another night on the road then one more night at Rundi’s then home.  After we left Baker City at the first part of the trip we had great weather until just before Olympia as we got home.

15 days and over 4100 miles we had a great time.  Thanks to all who helped us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I need a better agent & Letgo my Lego

Friday afternoon we jumped into good ole faithful Hi Ho Silver

Trusty "Hi Ho Silver"

Trusty “Hi Ho Silver”

and headed south to Rundi’s to spend the night.  The next morning our trip continued with Rundi added as a passenger.  We drove along the Oregon coast

Nice waves

Nice waves

and had some wonderful views.

Blue skies and water

Blue skies and water

 

Our destination was Newport, OR to see the Coastal Act Productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Program cover

Program cover

Harlyn was the music director this year

"Welcome to the show"

“Welcome to the show”

and Reegan played numerous parts.

Inside program

Inside program

Reegan played a child in the Pharaoh’s court

Cute redhead

Cute redhead

and one of Jacob’s grandchildren

Notice the color of the shirts

Notice the color of the shirts

but her lead role was the goat who was killed to put blood on Joseph’s coat

Very cute goat

Very cute goat

"Help they are killing me"

“Help they are killing me”

This lead us to tell her she needed a better agent.  In “Titanic the Musical” she was a 3rd class passenger who died when the ship sank.  In “Alice” she was a clam that was eaten, and now slaughtered in this play.  She seems to be cast in roles she “dies for”.

After the afternoon performance we took the 2 girls for something to eat and then dropped them off for their final show.  Barbara, Rundi and I headed back to Rundi’s for the night.

Bright and early (at least early) we headed for Liberty High School in Hillsboro, OR for the “Intel Oregon First Lego League 2013 Championship Tournaments” Lego program 1

14.01.Lego.01Reegan has joined a Lego Robotics club called “Newport Futuristic Brick and Gear Builders”.

First on the list

First on the list

They won the right to represent their region in the state competition.  They get a robot and then they add to it with Lego pieces to  do a series of “Missions”.

Team waiting for their turn

Team waiting for their turn

Team member reporting for duty

Team member reporting for duty

They had 3 tables set up for the action.

Both sides are set up the same

Both sides are set up the same

Each mission lasted 2 minutes 30 seconds.

We are ready to go

We are ready to go

Notice the team members names on the shirts

Notice the team members names on the shirts

The action was shown on the “Jumbo-tron”

Not a real Jumbo-tron but good enough

Not a real Jumbo-tron but good enough

Two team members ran the robot and the others looked on.

Notice the hands, any help here would be nice

Notice the hands, any help here would be nice

We all had a great time and it was VERY  enjoyable to see and the interest the kids had.  “We will get them next year”.

Then we headed back to Rundi’s for the night and them home for the two of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas 2013 & Before

The tree was up

Brightly colored tree

Brightly colored tree

and the stockings were hung up the staircase with care.

Waiting for Christmas Eve

Waiting for Christmas Eve

The Saturday before Christmas I had the privilege of serving at the Kent Washington Bishops’ Storehouse.  When I got home, Barbara had everything ready to go and we jumped into good ole “Hi Ho Silver”

Trusty "Hi Ho Silver"

Trusty “Hi Ho Silver”

and headed south to Rundi’s.  KFC for dinner on the road and finally Rundi’s.  Good night’s sleep then off to Newport Oregon to attend our youngest grandchild, Ella’s baptism.

She looked beautiful in the dress Grandma made for her and the new shoes her Aunt Rundi got for her.

Grandma made this for ME

Grandma made this for ME

It was a great program with the whole family being involved.  Grandma Colleen lead the music, Aunt Rundi gave the opening prayer, Grandma Barbara gave the talk on baptism, her father baptized her

Me and my Dad

Me and my Dad

with Grandpa Orson and Grandpa Jack as witnesses.  Then uncle Spencer gave the talk on the Holy Ghost and her dad confirmed her with the aid of the two grandfathers, her uncle and two others.  Grandma Colleen again lead the music for the closing song and her BIG sister Reegan gave the closing prayer.

We then had some very good homemade soup and other tasty goodies.  Rundi, Barbara and I took off headed north to Rundi’s again.

Monday we had a lazy day then off to look at Christmas lights in the Vancouver WA area.  This was after we got the lights on Rundi’s naivety display working again.

The reason for the season

The reason for the season

 Tuesday was another not too busy day then we were off to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Cinetopia Theater at Vancouver Mall. 

Showing now "Saving Mr. Banks"

Showing now “Saving Mr. Banks”

This is a movie place where you sit in a lounge area, order dinner and then watch the movie.  Great movie using your whole range of emotions.  We then went home and snuggled in and waited for Santa.

Christmas morning we had McDonald’s for breakfast, open gifts,

Grandma & Rundi

Grandma & Rundi

Mu new Necklace

My new Necklace

I'm happy with my new blue robe

I’m happy with my new blue robe

talked to family and got ready for one of our Christmas traditions.

One of our (my) favorite Christmas shows is “Christmas Story”

A "Major Prize"

A “Major Prize”

and so now we go  to a Chinese restaurant for our dinner.

Faa Raa Raa Raa Raa

Faa Raa Raa Raa Raa

Great food and good company as Dan and his wife Ping joined us.  She has recently come to the US from China so she ordered and we all ate very well.

Back to Rundi’s and then more Hallmark Christmas Chick Flicks, and to bed.

Headed home on Thursday and “A good night to all”

Happy New Year

Ashes to Ashes

Hi Ho Silver became “Quick Silver” this last weekend. 

Trusty "Hi Ho Silver"

Trusty “Hi Ho Silver”

I left home headed for Mayfield, Idaho (a very small community between Boise and Mtn. Home).

Purpose was to scatter our father’s ashes in “Cowboy” country overlooking the Old Oregon Trail.

I got into Mtn. Home Saturday morning and took a drive around town.  I drove by the home our family bought new in 1955.  They paid $9950.00 for a two bedroom, one bath with a full unfinished basement.  I lived there from the 5th grade through high school.13.10. Our house

 

Then I drove over to visit with Bruce, my step-dad. There is a tree in his front yard that has been there for a very long time.  The first time we saw it was in 1978 when we were visiting from Australia.  It is much larger now.

Mom, Bruce, Stephen & Harlyn 1978

Mom, Bruce, Stephen & Harlyn & tree 1978

 

Same tree today

Same tree today

On the way to church, saw this interesting sign at the local truck dealer.

The signs used to say "Buy a truck, Kill a buck"

The signs used to say “Buy a truck, Kill a buck”

Church Sunday morning where I met up with an old friend who I went to high school with, then on to the Stage Stop, our meeting place at 2PM. While we were waiting for all to arrive, our sister Jamie called from Costa Rica, where she now lives.

We then convoyed out into the county, off the paved road and onto trails.

Some hill climbing

Some hill climbing

Kenny and Jill are in front of us

Kenny and Jill are in front of us

 

We reached the top of one of the hills which had been scouted out and chosen a few weeks earlier by our sister Janice.  The weather was perfect, high 60’s, blue skies and of course the wind which always blows there.  This made the scattering of the ashes much easier.

Nice view

Nice view

 

moving the view to the west

moving the view to the west

At night you can see the lights of Boise

At night you can see the lights of Boise

Guest of Honor

Guest of Honor

Family getting ready for the event

Family getting ready for the event

The regular who all is there photo.

The regular who all is there photo.

Kenny, who is the baby in the family, was chosen to do the honors.  As the ashes were scatter we released balloons, brought by our other sister Jill.  A few comments were made to each other, a joke or two about the area and how heavy the ashes were.  You get to imagine others.

Box open and everyone up wind

Box open and everyone up wind

 

If you look closely and have an imagination you can see the horse head in the ashes

If you look closely and have an imagination you can see the horse head in the ashes

Balloons ready for release

Balloons ready for release

And away they go

And away they go

And they disappear into the East

And they disappear into the East

Dinner with Kenny (our baby brother, who by the way is a granddad) and his family then I took off for home.  Arrived home Monday evening, it was a great trip coming home.  Nice blue skies, in the 60’s, great fall colors, very little road works and even fewer “idiots” on the road.

Happy birthday at the County Fair

Barbara and I headed south to Newport for the Lincoln County Fair.

At the Fair Grounds

At the Fair Grounds

Harlyn arranged a VERY nice room at one of the local places he does business for.

View from the room

View from the room

 

Watching the sun set

Watching the sun set

And there it goes

And there it goes

Reegan is in a 4H horse club

Club flag

Club flag

and we went to watch her do her thing. 

Reegan & 7 Up

Reegan & 7 Up

With the judges

With the judges

And the Blue ribbon goes to Reegan and 7 Up

And the Blue ribbon goes to Reegan and 7 Up

More events

More events

More ribbons

More ribbons

Now Western events

Now Western events

Being instructed by the Judge. Note the size of all the other girls :)

Being instructed by the Judge. Note the size of all the other girls :)

Here comes the Judge

Here comes the Judge

Cowgirl Reegan

Cowgirl Reegan

4H club shirts

4H club shirts

Ella and friend cheering for Reegan

Ella and friend cheering for Reegan

Ella also got to ride after the 4H events.

Ella on a borrowed horse

Ella on a borrowed horse

 

One happy camper

One happy camper

Wind in her hair

Wind in her hair

Reegan with a friend (It's her daddy)

Reegan with a friend (It’s her daddy)

We had great weather for all three days we were there.  Friday was Cari’s birthday and all her family drove in to surprise her.  We had chicken and others goodies, along with a cake. 

Mother and Mother in law getting things ready

Mother and Mother in law getting things ready

And lets eat

And lets eat

A great time was had by all.  Then Saturday morning we had another “party” at their home with the catering being done by the chef at the Lodge Harlyn does work for.  Then home for Barbara and I.

Happy Birthday Ella

Thursday morning we again jumped into “Hi Ho Silver”

And Away we go

And Away we go

and headed south to Rundi’s.  We spent a restful night there and then up Friday morning and off to Newport for our granddaughter’s 7th birthday party.

Just in case we did not know who's birthday it was

Just in case we did not know who’s birthday it was

We arrived at their home and got to help with some of the decorations.  They were using what we used to call “pipe cleaners” but now it is PC to call them “fuzzy sticks”.  The theme for the party was “Winter Wonderland” and we were making snowflakes that the 12 7 year old girls (more about them later) could decorate.

Then we left home and headed to pick up the ready to bake pizza, then on to the Newport Community Center

This is a commercial

This is a commercial

to help decorate for the party12.12.Ella's birthday.13

Entrance to Community center

Entrance to Community center

Blow up balloons

Personalized ones

Personalized ones

hang up lights,

Dad is busy with the lights

Dad is busy with the lights

put out the teddy bears,

Teddy Bears all ready to go

Teddy Bears all ready to go

donated by grandma, get out the cake

Mom made this wonderful cake

Mom made this wonderful cake

and other refreshments.

12 excited 7 year old girls.  When the guest arrived they got to make snowflakes

Gathering fun

Gathering fun

and of course they all brought gifts.

Very colorful wrappings

Very colorful wrappings

 

The girls had a snowball fight complete with forts to hide behind (cardboard forts with marshmallow snowballs)

Team One

Team One

Team Two

Team Two

I think daddy had as much if not more fun than the girls.

"I dare you to hit me"

“I dare you to hit me”

Time to have something to eat

Ella serving her guest

Ella serving her guest

Reegan is helping also

Reegan is helping also

and the largest squeals came from the girls playing in the blowing snow (nice touch with the snow machine).

Let it snow let it snow

Let it snow let it snow

 

And it is still snowing

And it is still snowing

More fun and games and then to the important part of cutting the cake ( Cari made the cake, of course)

and the pops were made of cake with frosting of some kind on them

It was fun and delicious all at once.

Getting ready to cut the cake

Getting ready to cut the cake

Yum Yum very tasty
Yum Yum very tasty

and opening the gifts

We are just getting started

We are just getting started

Reegan is always there to help her little sister

Reegan is always there to help her little sister

Can you say Moo

Can you say Moo

Lots more gifts

Lots more gifts

And a sewing machine from Grandma

And a sewing machine from Grandma

More snow

It was a really bad snow storm

It was a really bad snow storm

and a game with the teddy bears as prizes

Duck Duck ??

Duck Duck ??

and they all went home.

We waited until the morning, had breakfast at the girls favorite breakfast place and then we headed back north to get home for church on Sunday.  Great trip and lots of fun.

 

We are thankful 2012

Saturday morning the 17th, Barbara climbed into “Get’em up Scout”

Got to love American made Japanese cars

and headed south to Rundi’s.  She went down early to help get ready for Thanksgiving.  Harlyn, Cari and the girls were coming up on Monday to assist also.

Wednesday, just after noon, one of our great neighbors took me to the Amtrak station in Tukwila where I boarded the Cascade train headed south.

Nice ride

The train was quite full and a young soldier got on in Tacoma and sat next to me.  He is stationed at JBLM and was headed home to Eugene Or to spend the holidays with his family.  Very interesting young man.  He was a “civilian intelligence gather”.  In non-military language that is an interrogator.  He had some interesting stories but if he told me he would have to kill me.

I arrived at the Vancouver, WA station and Harlyn and his family picked me up. It is always great to see them; the two young girls have so much energy.  More about that later. Rundi had to work late that night so we did not get to see her until after 10PM.

The rest of the evening was filled with Reegan and Ella practicing their “dismount” from the “beam”

Nice red beam

The best that was scored was a 9.92 (I am a very hard judge)

Ta Da

 

Ella had learned to play Chinese checkers and so she taught me.  I’m not sure of the exact rules but I know Ella’s.  She won some and I won some.

Up to 6 can play but we stuck with 2

 

Thanksgiving Day the house smelled very good early

Pre-dinner snacks

and we had our dinner about 2:30.  Of course I forgot to take the before photos, but did get some after ones.

Harlyn & Cari working

Rundi made the neat chair back covers

This is what is left of the turkey after Harlyn was done carving

After dinner we had some great homemade berry pie made by Cari.

Harlyn took the two girls to the park (part of the get rid of the energy program).

Smile nice for Grandpa

On the way home they found two Mormon Missionaries walking along the road,

Nice, well mannered, and very clean cut

so they picked them up and brought them home for dessert.  Nice young men and we all had a great time.  Harlyn would not let me harass them and pretend I knew little about their religion.

Rundi had to work Friday so she went to work, Harlyn, Cari and the girls left for home and Barbara and I checked for leaks in our eyelids and looked after Frankie (Rundi’s act).

Saturday morning we got into “Get’em up Scout”

About the same color as HI Ho Silver

and headed home for a dark but dry drive.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year and look forward to a great 2013.  Cari made a Thankful Turkey

Great idea we all can take part in

and we got to pin tail feathers on with the things we were thankful for.  A great tradition and we look forward to adding more feather next year.

2012 ABQ Two

Saturday morning July 21stwe jumped into Hi Ho Silver

Hi Ho and away we go

and our chauffeur Steve Klem took us to the airport where got on a Delta A319 Airbus

Leaving SEA

and headed to SLC. While we were waiting to board Barbara got us breakfast.  She wanted me to think we were headed to Hawaii to she got the Hawaii McDonald’s breakfast, white rice, fried Spam and scrambled eggs.  Quite tasty. Since I was slow in getting our seat assignment we did not get two seats together nor did we get an aisle like Barbara likes.  Here is where Delta scores the first of many good deeds.  When we got to the gate, the agent call our name and when I went up there she gave us new boarding passes together and upgraded us to Economy Comfort seats including as aisle at no charge. (they are normally $29.00 each)

We had a 2.5 hour lay over before we got on the Delta Connection RCJ 200

They make great SEADOOS also

headed for ABQ. While we were waiting a very nice gate agent told us they were overbooked (surprise, surprise, surprise) and if we wanted to give up our two seats we would get $200 Delta credit each and meal vouchers and confirmed on the next flight only 1.5 hours away.  Since we did not have to be in ABQ at any particular time, we said yes.  But when they were ready to board they only needed one so we did not get the offer.  It does not take long to board 50 passengers so off we went to ABQ, traded our “baby jet” for a Mazda 6 (they call this a full size car),

Full Size???

had diner at a local truck stop and then on to our motel for a quick check-in.

The purpose of our trip was to watch Brooklyn ride in the Youth National Championship Horse Show

Welcome Banner

Next morning we were up at o’dark thirty (who rides at 8AM on a Sunday morning) so we could meet Brooklyn for breakfast at 7AM.  We got exhibitor’s parking passes so into the show grounds we went.  Then on to a side road with a lady guarding the way in.  I asked if there was handicap parking down there and she says she did not know but we could go look.  We drove straight to the Horse arena front door and parked.  Brooklyn rode at 8AM and did well and went through to the next round.

And she makes the cut

Who says you can’t work up a sweat in an air conditioned arena

We watched a couple more events then on to find church.  On the way Barbara got VERY bad stomach cramps, so bad in fact that I took her to the University of New Mexico Medical Center ER.  Readers Digest version.  Checked in at 11AM, sat in the waiting room until 6PM (they did keep checking on her and the pain had eased), went into an exam room at 6PM and the Dr. saw her at 9PM and admitted her to the hospital at 5AM.  They are very through there and they ran many tests and she was discharged about 5PM Tuesday.  Love those beds that keep airing up and changing the support spots.  Barbara is fine and all they could figure after MANY exams and at least 6 quarts of blood (well maybe not quite 6) was that she has some sort of intestinal virus that the antibiotics fixed in the 2+ days she was there.

On Monday while Barbara was being well looked after I went to watch Brooklyn ride again. Did not do well but that is only because the judges were BLIND.

Waiting for the Blind Judge

After Brooklyn rode she went up to see grandma and made some friends for her from some PURPLE exam gloves

Very pretty

filled with water and faces drawn on them.

Monday evening the group from Melville stables

Rich keeps the place looking great

invited me to go to dinner with them to a local “hot spot” the “Le Pinto” in NW ABQ.

Nice looking place

Nice looking place and though we had thunder storms and it was a Monday evening they were busy.  I requested a table for 12 and in a timely manner we got to sit out in the covered patio.  Nice old Spanish style building and the wait staff were great.

Waiting area

This is the end of the good story.  When we go to our table they only had settings for 11 not the 12 we had requested.  It took ages for the drinks to arrive.  2 of the 12 meals were sent back as they were not as ordered, we asked for extra salsa twice and none arrived. I had the “House Specialty” Chile con Carne Enchiladas and not only was it not tasty, it had set under the heat lamp way too long and the cheese was hard and crusted.  The final decision is that none of us would probably go back.

On now to Tuesday and Barbara coming out of the hospital, we left about 5PM and went straight to get her something to eat as she had not eaten since 7AM Sunday.  Back to the motel and she went to sleep at 7:30 PM and got up at 9:30 (AM) Wednesday.

We went to watch Brooklyn ride twice that afternoon.  Once the horse played up

Doing well now

and then once again we had the blind judges.

“And halt your horse”

We picked Brooklyn up from their hotel and we went to dinner, although she had found the in house bakery and some very good cake before we got there so she did not each much. Dropped her off and we went back to get some more sleep.

Thursday Brooklyn left for home and Barbara and I went exploring.  We found more of the old Route 66

Modern travel center

Not so modern travel center

Bad news for baddies

and found a Sonics and happy hour and a couple of HUGE LDS chapels.  Back to the motel and some TV and laundry.

Friday we did some more exploring (that is code for garage saleing, flea markets and trading posts).  More sightseeing enjoying more of the 95 degree very dry weather.  And more of Route 66

This is an old road

We found a new and interesting High School in SW ABQ.  The Atrisco Heritage High School.  Ahahighschool.com   Check it out.

When I went to check in with Delta on Friday evening they again became heroes.  In the middle of the things you need to click on to get checked in was a banner that asked if we wanted to upgrade to First Class from SLC to SEA as there are no first class on the RCJ 200’s. The cost was $75.00 per person.  Now it cost us $25.00 per bag to check the two bags coming down and we bought another bag there to bring home the extra goodies (See Friday activity) So that was $150.00 – $85.00 for checking 3 bags in economy and then if we upgraded to Economy Comfort for another $58.00 for two that makes it $3.50 each to go to first class.  This was a no brain er and when you figure the cost of the free booze in first class (oh wait we don’t drink).  Anyway it was a very nice upgrade.  Delta rules!!!

First Class tickets for a first class trip

Saturday was filled with last minute details.  While I went to check in the car, Barbara checked the bags.  As we had not been assigned seats together (because of my slow actions before we left) the very nice agent changed our seats and gave us 1 A & B,

Leg room at the bulk head

leg room on the bulkhead. Delta strikes again!!!

As we went through security the gloves the TSA agents were using was a brand named “Better Feel”.  I don’t care who you are that is funny.

The only thing that would have made this flight any better was if our friend and Captain for Sky West had been our pilot.

SLC was a quick connection and we got from terminal E last gate to C 07 just as they called first class.  Great seats and comfort home on a local built 757

Gotta love the local aircraft

When we got to SEA our son Stephen and his family met us and hauled us home.  Stephen even carried the VERY heavy bags up stairs so we could unpack in the morning.

The End

 

Happy Birthday Reegan

Wednesday we jump into good ’ole Hi Ho

Hi Ho Silver "Away"

and headed south.  We stayed the night at Rundi’s and headed for the Oregon Coast Thursday morning, stopping at the Woodburn Outlet mall

Woodburn Oregon

then on to Newport.

The goal of this trip was to help Reegan celebrate her 9thbirthday

Birthday girl

Even though her birthday was not that day she had planned a party for some of her friends. We helped decorate by hanging streamers

Reegan's bedroom door

and other decorations,

Dad and guests in the foreground

and blowing up balloons

Grandma hung them on the wall

(Ella helped me with this job).   About 6PM guests start arriving for a 7PM start.

Here come the girls

 

More guests

9 eight and nine year old girls.

First we had appetizers and popcorn

Good goodies

then pizza and pink lemonade, then for dessert we had “grilled cheese” sandwiches

Grilled cheese

Now with candles

And now they are out

and “Tomato” soup.

Soup was NOT hot

Ask Reegan what they really were.

The invitations had asked them to bring mud boots and pajamas.   In their treat bags were glow in the dark sticks and LED flashlights.  So outside in the rain they went and played flashlight tag and harassed the chickens.  Once they were all wet and muddy, they came inside, changed into their PJ’s and we opened presents.

Presents

Lots of squeals of joy (I think that is what they were).

Now for the good fun

Reegan would not let me try out her new longing whip.

Not a fly rod

 

(I thought it was a new fishing pole when it was wrapped). After the presents were opened

More presents

And still more presents

they each had a pillow cover to decorate and then take home.

Pj'ed girls and pillow cases

 

More of the above

Mom starts cleaning up

Thank Heaven for moms

Barbara and I left about that time and missed the movie and the goodbyes as the party ended about 10:30 PM.

I guess we are getting too old for all the excitement and the sounds of that many young ladies having fun.

After breakfast at the Pig N Pancake

Girls' favorite breakfast spot

where we again celebrated Reegan’s birthday and Ella’s getting a new bike because she can now ride with no training wheels, we headed towards home.

No excitement coming home except for the sunshine and no rain.